Fisher-Price recalled its 4.7 million Rock'n Play sleepers on Friday, a few days after a group of pediatricians had urged its parent, Mattel, to stop selling the product amid reports of links between last and several infant deaths.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that consumers should immediately stop using the bunk and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or bond. Major retailers sell the product between $ 40 and $ 149, according to the agency.
This voluntary initiative by Fisher-Price was a reversal for the company, which issued a joint safety warning with the Product Safety Commission last week after the commission was informed of 10 deaths since 2015. children 3 months or older related to the sleeper. In most cases, the children suffocated after turning without sleeping in the bed, from the back to the stomach or to the side.
Mattel said Friday in a statement that he did not consider the safety of his products but accepted the voluntary recall "due to reported incidents in which the product was used contrary to the warnings and safety instructions ".
A separate survey conducted by Consumer Reports linked the cloth cradle to 32 infant deaths between 2011 and 2018, including some involving children under 3 months of age.
On Tuesday, the American Academy of Pediatrics called the sleeper a "murderer" and demanded an immediate recall. Representative Jan Schakowsky, Democrat of Illinois and chair of the House of Representatives subcommittee focused on consumer protection, Thursday added to a public outcry, prompting Mattel to pull the sleepers out of business. stores and websites, pointing out in a release lives at risk. "
The vast majority of reminders are voluntary and can be initiated by the safety commission or by the companies themselves. The commission may also request a mandatory recall by suing companies, but has only done it six times in the last 19 years, said Joseph Martyak, a spokesman. During the same period, the agency participated in thousands of voluntary reminders.
Mr. Martyak testified that the board, which stated in the recall that more than 30 people had been killed in the sleepers, had examined products similar to Rock n 'Play.
"We do not stop there," he said. "It's a top priority for this agency, and we're looking very closely at this class of inclined sleepers."
A notice has been posted on the Mattel website that people who owned Rock'n Play for less than six months would receive a full refund. Those who have owned the sleeper longer will receive a "time-worth" voucher to redeem for a new Fisher-Price product.
The company said it would process returns in 12 to 16 weeks.
Jonathan A. Sorkowitz, a family lawyer whose three-month-old daughter died in a Rock'n Play in September 2018, said his clients were considering a lawsuit despite the recall.
"Although this is a necessary and important step, it does not do justice to the many families who have already been hurt by this dangerous product," he said in a statement.